South Korea and the United States launched a major joint air force exercise on Friday, as US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visits Seoul.
The two-week-long "Max Thunder" drill will involve around 100 military aircraft, including jet fighters and bombers carrying out tactical bombing runs, the South Korean Air force was quoted as saying in various media reports.
Around 1,400 servicemen from both countries will be taking part in the drill which is held twice a year and comes against the backdrop of the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint exercises.
As Carter arrived in Japan on the first leg of his two-nation tour of the key US military allies in Asia, the North fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast as a means of expressing its displeasure.
Carter, who arrived in South Korea on Thursday, said the missile firings were a reminder of "how dangerous things are" on the Korean peninsula and how important it was to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance.
The United States has close to 30,000 troops permanently stationed in South Korea and would assume operational command of both armed forces in the event of a conflict with the North.
The US is also pushing to deploy a ballistic missile defense system in South Korea as a deterrent to military provocation by the North.
The Russian Ambassador to South Korea, Alexander Timonin has expressed deep concern over possible deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea calling it a security threat to Russia, Sputnik reported Friday. "What concerns us is that a US missile defense system could be placed in areas not far from Russia, adding to worries over THAADs radar system or technology," Alexander Timonin was quoted as saying
US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved sale of AGM-114R1 Hellfire Missiles to South Korea for an estimated cost of $81 million, DSCA announced the certification on March 30, 2015. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested 400 AGM-114R1 Hellfire II Semi-Active Laser Missiles with containers, 100 ATM-114Q Air Training Missiles, and 12 M36E8 Hellfire II Captive Air Training Missiles
Raytheon announced Tuesday that it has signed a $35 million contract to deliver Stinger missiles and air-to-air launchers to the Republic of Korea Army in support of their recent procurement of AH-64 Apache helicopters. Under the previously announced foreign military sale, Raytheon will begin deliveries of the Stinger weapon systems in 2017
Airbus Helicopters announced today that it has won $1.5 billion contract to develop two 5-ton class rotorcraft partnering Korea Aerospace Industries to meet South Koreas requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH)
Two US' F-16 fighter jets made an emergency landing at a South Korean air base after suspected technical flaws with their fuselage, military officers said today. The F-16 jets landed at Wonju Air Base in Gangwon Province, 132 kilometers south of Seoul, on Thursday while taking part in a shooting training session at a range in the nearby mountain of Taebaek, Yonhap News Agency reported
South Korea has unveiled TR-60 unmanned tiltrotar which is able to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, while flying like an airplane, Arirang News reported Monday. The tiltrotar is capable of staying in air for up to six hours and can reach speeds of up to 500 kilometers an hour
South Korean Defense Ministry has earmarked nearly 9 trillion won ($8.31 billion) to secure military capabilities from 2016-2020 in a bid to detect and destroy North Koreas nuclear arms and ballistic missiles, The Korea Herald reported Monday
The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) today has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for contractors to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the purposes of gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance and reconnaissance. Contractors supply the pilots, the aircraft and the support systems
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